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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A winter's day road trip and a recipe..

my favourite view ..

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today.. 

How are you all doing?  
Spring is just around the corner here in Canada... 
Yesterday we woke up to an icy day.. 
Charlie (our dog) goes outside first thing each morning and as he walked across the deck he slipped since it was so icy.. He was very careful going down the steps.. Usually, when he is coming back in he just bounds up the stairs and goes sideways as he is going so quickly.. Yesterday he very slowly comes up the steps and gingerly walks across to the door.. He is so smart!  grin.. 
Then as the day went on the sun was beautiful and snow and ice was dripping everywhere.. I think it went up to 12 degrees C..

Terry is beginning to panic as Spring will be here and he still has lots of inside stuff to do.. 
I have really enjoyed this winter as the weather has been weird but not many snow storms.. So thankful!  
Of course, we could still have a few.. smile..

Anyhow.. 
On Valentine's day,  we went out for a little day trip.. 
We had planned to stay home and I had planned a nice supper as we had dined out the night before.. 
We were talking and I said I was longing to see the Bay of Fundy.. 
That happens several times a year and we have to make our way there. 
He wasn't too keen but when I said I would pay for the gas then he said, "Get ready and let's go!"  grin.. 

I packed a bit of lunch (biscuit, dried fruit, cheese) and the camera and away we went.. 
Oh and we took Charles.. Always!.. 
He is always ready for a drive.. 
Just like me.. grin.. 
Of course our first stop was for a cup of Tim Horton's coffee and away we went.. 
We decided to go by way of the farm instead of down to Sussex..
Everything was well there..
Just waiting for Summer and our company.. grin..  
Onward we go... 

This old barn is beginning to fall down.. 
It makes me sad when we pass so many of them where the wind and weather are slowly destroying them.. 
Love old barns.. 

We stopped and had a snack and let Charlie run around some.. 


This is in Caledonia Mountain.. 
My Gramp was born and raised here..  

A bit of folk art... smile.. 
Lots of  snowmobile and ATV trails everywhere up there.. 


The Bay of Fundy is only a half hour from our old farm when we are there in the summertime..
There it is ... 
The beautiful Bay of Fundy in all of it's winter splendour!.. 

Here is the first little town called Riverside Albert... 
A pretty little place.. 
In Albert County.... smile.. 
A lovely old school, I think.... 
Then onto to Alma... 

The winter is almost gone and pretty soon there will be tourists here everywhere.. 


The ice and snow will be gone .. 


And the freshest of breezes will blow across the beaches.. 
I told Terry my eyes were not full yet and to just wait a bit.. 
grin.. 
The poor man is so patient with me.. 

All good things must come to an end and so we headed homeward.. 
Drove to Sussex and had supper.. 
Not fancy.. Just take out.. 

It was a lovely day and I am so blessed to still have this man beside me for all these many valentine's days.. 
Thank you, Lord.. 

Next day we are back to normal.. 


Making meals.. 
We only have pasta once a week now so I always want it to be good.. 
I so love pasta... 
This is a recipe from a dear friend that I have had since childhood.. 
She makes it for our church potlucks and shared the recipe with me.. 
I know she won't mind you having it.. 

Macaroni Casserole by Evelyn... 
1 pound of hamburger 
1 chopped onion 
1 can of mushrooms (drained) or a cup or two of fresh sliced one.. 
Fry this all up together.. 
Meanwhile... 
Cook up at least 1 cup of macaroni 
Add.. 
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and half a can of milk each..
Mix all together in a casserole dish. 
(I seasoned this with a bit of garlic and a few hot pepper flakes) opt.
Sprinkle with paprika and bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 20 minutes.. 
Terry really likes this casserole as well as me..
A salad goes very well with this meal.. 


My buddy keeping me company as I pudder around with my layered journal.. 

You may have seen the two above pics before.. 
I think my sister may recognize something there.. smile.. 
This is the base for the latest pages I am doing.. 
I loved the layered journals.. 
Do any of you journal?  
Here is the link to my Pinterest Journal page. 

Well dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
On Saturday, I will be visiting our daughter and the group of ladies call R.E.A.L.  at the Mission Point Church in St. John.. 
Making and doing a couple of fun things.. 
I know you would be welcome if you are in the area.. 

Hope you all have a grand weekend and will chat with you all later as the Lord wills.. 

Thanks for all your sweet comments on the rather long valentines posts last week..
Praying for all the sad things that happen in our world.. 
Good things, too... 

Praising the Lord for the example of Rev. Billy Graham and the impact he made upon the lives of so many people.. 

Thankful for the hope we have in Jesus.. 
He is a good God.. 

Have a great weekend, my friends.. 

Peace... 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day...










Hello Ladies... 
Hope you all had a lovely day... 
This is all for this year's Valentine's Day.. 
Just a few web finds.. 

Will share my lovely day with you later.. 

Thank you so much for sharing your sweet comments with me each day and for being such faithful followers of the blog.. 

May the rest of your week be wonderful.. 
God bless.. 
xo


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This week of Valentines.. Old Love...




Good Evening again.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight for the third posting to celebrate Valentine's Day which is tomorrow.. 

Today Terry and I went to the city for our town day ... 
We did a bit of shopping and then went out for supper.. |
We went to a local restaurant which is a fave of ours.. 
It is called the Big Stop and we always enjoy the food and atmosphere.  A very busy place.. We usually meet someone we are related to or went to school with.. And we did again.. smile. An old school friend of ours.. 
Anyway.. 
We had Bible Study tonight so we decided to go to town for the afternoon and then we could have supper and attend the service which was great..
It was a lovely day... 

So for tonight I am sharing another past post from a few years ago.. 
This is the last old post I will share related to Valentines.. 
So come along for a rerun.. smile.. 


Old Love..


Good Morning everyone ..

Valentine's Day is over for another year.. 

Yesterday, I hauled our little table and chairs from the Sun Room and put it out in front of our Family Room fireplace.. 
We had decided to eat in so I thought we could have it a bit special.. 

Terry got the fire going in the fireplace . 
He is such a great sport always humoring me and my bright ideas.. smile.. 
Next month is our 44th anniversary so I guess he is used to it all..eh?

Some people think that if you have been married that long then the romance is gone.. 
Well, romance never dies.. 
Love and affection is always necessary in your life no matter how old you get.. 

Although, young love is exciting old love is better.. 
You have been down the road together.. 
He knows what I am thinking usually even before I know I am thinking it myself.. smile.. 
Holding that dear old hand is just as satisfying to me as it was that first time we walked around our block all those years ago.. 
The bond we have together has been strengthened by the many years of trials and tests.. 
We share family..
He makes me laugh still..
Our marriage brings comfort and joy..

I am just so glad I found the one my heart loves.. 

Have a great weekend everyone.. 


Thank you sweet ladies for your visits and all of your dear comments this week.. 
Just one last thing.. 
Terry and I are not travellers.. Or I am not.. smile.. 
We are not rich nor are we very exciting people.. 
Dreams that we had as a young couple may not have all come to fruition but we have had each other and the dearest sweetest family ... 
We are both so thankful to our Lord for the life we have had together.. 
The words below says it all. 

Yes... just a bit sentimental but so much truth.. 
eh?  
xoxoox

Monday, February 12, 2018

This week of Valentines .. A no knead bread recipe..






Good Evening my dears.. 
Here we are on the second post for this week of Valentines.. 
Yesterday I mentioned that I would like to make a loaf of homemade bread today to help us celebrate.. 
Last post can be seen HERE

I did get it made and we enjoyed a slice for our supper..
 Here is the recipe which was on a post several years ago.. 

NO KNEAD CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD...

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of warm water (105 -115 degrees)
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour. divided

1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the warm water and add sugar and honey and stir.  Add butter, salt and 2 cups flour...
Beat with electric mixer on LOW until blended..

Beat on high speed  for one minute..
Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size...
Punch down by stirring with a heavy spoon.  Stir in raisins and cinnamon.  Spoon batter into a loaf pan.  Let rist again until batter reaches the top of the pan.. (I forgot and let it rise higher)
Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for forty minutes or until when tapped it sounds hollow...Cool on wire rack..
This batter bread is a wonderful treat for breakfast or in "munchkin's " lunch sack as peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches..
This recipe came from Alaska....
If you get a chance to try this you will find it very easy and very tasty..

And as promised here is another Valentine's post from a few years ago.. 
I hope you enjoy ... 


Good Morning Dear Ladies...
Yesterday, Terry and I visited my Mom and Step-Dad to help them get the snow off their roof... Well, Terry did that and I helped Mom make dinner... We have a good time doing 
time as my Mom and I love to cook but she still uses her own methods and it makes us laugh... 
Yesterday was Valentines Day and when we walked into their home  I noticed 2 cards on
 the table that they had given to each other... He is 80 in April and Mom will be 77... 
That shows you that ROMANCE need never die..smile..

As I was thinking about this post I thought I would like to share with you a few things that my Mom has taught me about MARRIAGE and about home and  family.
Not by TELLING me but by SHOWING me...
No matter how  OLD you are you can still LEARN  from your MOTHER... right?
As my Mom gets closer to 80 I want to appreciate every moment that we share together
I hope you will find  this little list inspiring and interesting....

1.  Serve God... no matter what... Make Him the CENTRE of your HOME...

2.  Work out the problems in your marriage and be CONTENT....
Not everything will be perfect....Make the best of what you have...

3.  Always make sure that you  PRIMP  just before your husband gets back home.. I noticed my Mom doing this since I was a small child.. Just before my Dad would be getting in from work she would fix her hair and make sure she was tidied up..I never forgot.

4.  Always kiss him good morning, good night and good bye..

5.  Make good meals with what he likes... Don't just dote to your kids... He is IMPORTANT...

6.  If it is just you and him then put on the candles and light them and make it a SPECIAL time even when it isn't..
(One day last year I dropped into Moms and she did not know I was coming.  It was an ordinary day but she had the candles on and the potato salad was decorated with sliced tomato  and everything was fancy.. I asked her what was special and she said  "Oh, nothing... I just wanted to make it nice for him"  ... Sweet, eh?

7. Take pride in your husband  and see that he is dressed  as well as you dress yourself...
My Mom was telling me yesterday about how our pastor always complimented my dear Dad when he was alive about how nice he always looked.. My Dad told him to give the credit to Mom..
Do you know she even combed my Dad's hair.. Always..
No.. I don't do that....lol..

8.  Go with him as much as you can and always stop for a cup of tea..It doesn't need to be much... just a treat (as my Mom calls it) 
.I know with children that is not always possible but when it is....
Be each other's best friend...Enjoy being with him...

9.  Have as much COMPANY  in your home as you can manage and always have FUN...Entertain together..

10.  LAUGH together .... a lot...

11.  PRAY together... daily...

12. CHERISH your MARRIAGE... it is precious....

Okay???

 I hope this blesses you..
A little different posting but as Keepers of our Homes we need to make sure our relationship with OUR HUSBAND is a priority.. It affects not only our children's happiness but our own...
As was once said... The best thing you can do for your child is to LOVE THEIR FATHER...

In Titus 2:4......to teach younger women to love their husbands ... to love their children...
I wish I could say that I have faithfully followed these wee tips that I learned from Mom...Sometimes I fail.... But I have learned that when the rubber meets the road that the dear man I married ( and sometimes drives me crazy. ) is GOD'S PLAN for my life and I need to do ALL I can to keep that relationship SWEET....
Right???

Have a wonderful week my dears and thanks for stopping by and Yes you still need to listen to your MOM...smile...


Thank you once again for dropping by my friends and I look forward to hearing from you.. 
Until tomorrow night.. 
PEACE...